I sure hope not…
Worrying had been my thing ever since I could remember. I can go as far back as my pre-teen years. I worried about things that I clearly had no control over, things that would add little to no value to my young life. But I didn’t know that at the time. Even now I tend to forget sometimes. (Matthew 6:27 “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?”)
Thankfully, I’ve managed to get the habitual worrying under control but once in a while so many things seem to come at me from every angle like darts and I feel like a dartboard being targeted. That’s when I find myself headed in the direction of worry again.
Just yesterday, I had to stop myself and was reminded that there is no need to worry about anything because it really will not matter a year from now. Some things won’t even matter a week from now.
Life just has a way of happening whether you worry or not. So stop worrying and cast your cares on the Lord. (Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”)
It’s funny how I will have a situation in my life and when I attend Sunday church services, it feels like the Pastor is speaking to me personally. That happened yesterday!
As I sat there and began to listen to the Sunday sermon which came from Matthew 6:25-34, I was flabbergasted because he hit the nail right on the head!!!
That was exactly what I was going through! I thought, “How could he know that”?
Then, I must’ve tuned him out for a few seconds after it dawned on me what the message was about because I began going over the past couple of weeks of my life in my mind when his voice faded out and then, all of a sudden, my focus was once again on the sermon. If he only knew what was going through my mind as he preached. Oh my, what a way to have God speak to you!
Boy, I sure did need some encouragement, and that’s exactly what I got!
Yes, I know, everyone thinks that the Pastor is speaking to them during Sunday services or whatever means you use for Bible teachings and words of encouragement. What I say to that is most of us fight very similar battles every day which is why we can all relate to what is being said. God speaks to you reassuring you through these carefully selected sermons, and the Pastor/Speaker is the avenue that he uses to get his message to you.
I remember a couple of instances in my life where I was trying to get to Sunday services and every weird thing that could possibly happen did. It’s like something was trying to keep me from going that day. So, out of frustration, I would say, “That’s it! I just won’t go today!!!. Then, that little voice in my head would lead me to go anyway.
That’s when it became real to me that God does intervene when the enemy is clearly trying to take away my joy. I really needed to hear those sermons to remind me of God’s promises and this was his way of letting me know that he is working things out for me one way or the other. That’s why faith is so important because you can’t see it yet.
You see, I had been praying, as I always do when I feel discouraged, for God to guide me through my minor storm and I believe this is what he wanted to remind me of today. (1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all our care upon him; for he careth for you”.)
The message from the sermon was that worry major’s on the minor things and it shows your faithlessness in God when you do worry. Some of us tend to take the little things and make them huge areas of concerns until we see how it will turn out. All that does is make you miserable.
But some of us are just prone to worry. He said that when the storms of life come, we shouldn’t worry because it does us no good at all. We are to just be still and stop letting our minds run all over the place. The Pastor made an important point that “in most cases, you will find out later on that you worried for nothing. Most of the time, everything works out anyway”.
“Don’t we feel foolish when we worry for nothing”? Just something to think about…
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